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Highly readable history of American Catholics brings key figures to life
January 20, 2017

In this excellent, well-written and highly readable book, Russell Shaw presents the stories of 15 famous Catholics, from American Catholicism's first bishop, John Carroll of Maryland (1735-1815), to the period, roughly, of the Second Vatican Council.

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'The Young Pope' repels more than it engages
January 20, 2017

Behind the opening credits of "The Young Pope," a naked baby boy crawls over a sea of infant mannequins, and a man dressed as the Roman pontiff emerges at the other end. As bizarre as that may sound, the controversial, provocative new miniseries only gets stranger from there.

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20th Century Women
20th Century Women
January 20, 2017

The moral compass in "20th Century Women" (A24), writer-director Mike Mills' rambling, unfiltered drama -- loosely based on his adolescence in 1970s Santa Barbara, California -- is not one of the characters. Rather, it's President Jimmy Carter.

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Split
Split
January 20, 2017

"Split" (Universal), the latest psychological thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, posits that victims of childhood sexual abuse are not only prone to dissociative identity disorder -- split personalities -- but also that each persona can have unique physical characteristics.

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One book offers exhaustive study of rosary, another adds mysteries
One book offers exhaustive study of rosary, another adds mysteries
January 17, 2017

At 351 pages -- not including various appendices and reference sections in the back of the book -- "Champions of the Rosary" is easily the most exhaustive study of the devotional prayer known as "the rosary" that this reviewer has ever seen.

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Patriots Day
Patriots Day
January 13, 2017

While "Patriots Day" (Lionsgate) is an effective dramatization of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, the film is also an unsparing portrayal of those events. Thus it can only be recommended for the sturdiest adult viewers. 

 

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Live by Night
Live by Night
January 13, 2017

The glossy crime drama "Live by Night" (Warner Bros.) traces the rise of Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck, who also wrote and directed), a Boston-bred gangster in the Florida of the 1920s and '30s. Though not exactly a hoodlum with a heart of gold, Coughlin is presented as a sympathetic figure in Affleck's serious-minded adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling novel.

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Monster Trucks
Monster Trucks
January 13, 2017

The action comedy "Monster Trucks" (Paramount) certainly lives up to its title. It has strange creatures mysteriously propelling utilitarian vehicles in the absence of an internal combustion engine. It also sees to it that some bad guys meet justice, as you might expect.

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